I would like to ask about the dress code: royal touch. I would like to know how a man should be dressed if he would like to follow the code.

From one point of view, it is definitely an off-topic since it is not a question about grammar or language usage.

On the other hand it can be considered as a question about a definition(explanation) of an English word/phrase which should be suitable for EL&U. What is more, I believe that people here can know about this matter more then on the other sites.

So are the questions in this sense appropriate in EL&U? If no, where should I ask about this particular issue?

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    Definitely Off-Topic. We hold ourselves out as experts in use of the English language, not in dress or etiquette. You may ask "How am I to understand X?" or "How am I to say or write X?", but you may not ask "How am I to dress in accordance with X?" or "Does such and such garment conform to X?" Commented Nov 14, 2012 at 14:06
  • @StoneyB: Couldn't agree more. This one was asked and closed elsewhere on SO (there's probably no such dress code anyway). Commented Nov 20, 2012 at 4:45
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    @ Yeah I asked that :) I did not get any answer if the question is appropriate here, so I asked somewhere else: ) And yes there is no such a code. I found it out few days ago.
    – MasterPJ
    Commented Nov 20, 2012 at 8:22

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If the question is about the meaning of a word/phrase, it is on-topic. If the question requires to know how a man should be dressed if he follows that dress code, it is off-topic.

In the first case, frame the question to evidence for which phrase you want to know the meaning; provide a context to the phrase, and make the question clear also to who doesn't know anything about that dress code.

  • Understood. My question would be off-topic than. Thank you for the clarification.
    – MasterPJ
    Commented Nov 19, 2012 at 20:08

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